Manila to Tacloban Road Trip Experience
Using Proton Sedan
Day 1 – March 5, 2015
We left home in Moonwalk, Parañaque at 4am and passed through SLEX, Tanauan City, San Pablo City, Tiaong, Lucena City, Atimonan and had our breakfast at Jollibee, Gumaca at 7:30 am. We headed to Tagkawayan, Liboro, Sipocot until we reached Naga City at around 2pm where we had our lunch at SM City Naga. I would like to specially mention “Cake My Day” because they sell exceptionally delicious Blueberry Cheesecake and Revel Bars (those were the only products we bought, I suppose their other cakes and pastries would taste good as well. We left Naga City around 3pm. Around 5 pm, we reached Cagsawa, Daraga where the picturesque view of Mt. Mayon and The bell tower of Casagwa Church is located. We stayed the night at Legazpi Tourist Inn, an affordable inn situated at the downtown area of Legazpi City. Downstairs, they have 7-11 so it was very convenient and we replenished our stocks.
Day 2 – March 6, 2015
We left Legazpi City at 5 am, went south to the beautiful and green province of Sorsogon until we reached their southernmost town, Matnog. We reached Matnog Port at around 10am. We waited for our turn to ride the Ro-Ro. They prioritize cargo trucks and busses, so private cars would wait for their turn depending if there would still be a place alloted to them. Though we paid the port and queuing is on 1st come 1st serve basis, a little – no, that was a larger amount of under the table and an even larger PR is needed for that “1st come 1st serve” basis, unless you are the only private car waiting. We loaded our car to the Ro-Ro and left Matnog at already 1 pm. Ate instant noodles at the Ferry which we also bought there. If you want to watch the very loud TV you can stay at the 2nd floor of the Ro-ro, but if you want a more peacefull but super airy stay, be at the upper deck.
We arrived at the Port of Allen, Samar at 3pm and even if we are hungry we didn’t make a stop to eat there because there were no fastfoods or restaurants, just small eateries. After leaving the port, make sure to turn right at the “unnamed” Caltex Station. Dusk is settling so we stayed at Calbayog City instead of the original plan at Tacloban. we reached Calbayog at around 5 pm.
The road to Calbayog was a bit slower cause there were pot holes every now and then though some were already recently repaired but construction is still going on. We stayed at Ice’s Plant Hotel and Restobar, a newly built and nice hotel with a pool and resto which I never thought would exist in a small City of Calbayog.
Day 3 – March 7, 2015
We left Calbayog City at 4am and headed down south to Tacloban City passing one of the Philippine Wonder, the famous San Juanico Bridge that connects The Island of Samar to Leyte. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a good picture cause stops were not allowed.
We reached Tacloban by 8:30 am and had our breakfast at Jollibee.
Here, we separated ways, half continued the land trip to Davao City where they are headed. They went south to Liloan, Leyte where they rode a ferry to Surigao City, the northern part of Mindanao. They arrived and left Liloan at 6 pm and they reached Surigao City at 10pm where they stayed the night. And continued to Davao City at 5 am and reached Davao at around 2pm.
The other half of us, including me, turned east to Ormoc City at 10:30 am riding a van. The Van terminal is behind The SM SaveMore of Tacloban. We arrived Ormoc City at around 1pm and went directly to the port to catch the SuperCut (a high speed ferry) to Cebu City. If there are friendly porters giving you discount passes, grab the opportunity, it is not a scam and they wouldn’t ask anything in return but you may give them a tip. We arrived at Cebu City at 4pm 🙂